Make A Paper Plate Sombrero for a Cinco De Mayo Craft {Easy and Fun!}

I got this Paper Plate Sombrero Hat idea from our school’s cultural day. It’s the perfect craft for Cinco De Mayo. I love it when the kids bring home a fun craft to do. This one is easy and fun to do with the kids. Come on in and I’ll show you how to make this Paper Plate Sombrero for Cinco De Mayo…

paper plate sombrero craft

Sombrero Hat, Cinco De Mayo Craft…

Paper Plate Sombrero Hat


Here’s What You’ll Need for the Sombrero Hat with hanging pom-poms (our favorite one)

Paper Plate Sombrero Craft

  • A Paper Plate
  • Scissors
  • Plastic Solo cup or Hefty Cup – around 16 oz. – any colorful, tall, plastic cup should work for this craft
  • Ribbon or Yarn – about 6 ( 3-inch long) pieces for each hat
  • Pom-Poms – 6-8  per hat
  • A low temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Hole punch
  • Elastic cording – about 12 inches per hat

Sombrero Hat with Pom-Poms glued to the top of the plate…

paper plate sombrero craft
  • Omit the 3-inch-long ribbon

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paper plate sombrero craft

Instructions for the Cinco De Mayo Craft…

Here’s a quick video to show you how we made these fun Sombrero hats – 

A Paper Plate Sombrero Craft
  • Trace the solo cup in the middle of the plate
A Paper Plate Sombrero Craft
  • Using the circle as a guide – cut a smaller circumference than the one that you traced
  • *the hole in the plate helps prevent the hat from sliding off of your head
  • Glue the Solo cup upside down over the holeMake A Sombrero Out Of A Paper Plate
  • Glue pom-poms onto  one end of your 3 inch long pieces of ribbon
  • decorate the hat with ribbon and pom-poms by gluing them to the underside of the plate
  • Sombrero Hat
  • Use a hole punch to make 2  tiny holes directly across from each other on either side of the rim
  • Tie around a 9 in. piece of elastic cording on to help keep the hat nice and secure
  • *you may need to adjust the length of the elastic cording for the kids. Older kids might need more slack

The Sombrero Hat Version without decorations hanging beneath…

paper plate sombrero craft
  • Omit the decorations under the hat and glue the pom-poms directly to the top of the hat

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Sue

    Thank you for the great sombrero idea! Very helpful! And easy to make!

  2. Drew

    Cominciamo dai trattori. Scori poichè ѕono migliori!

  3. Lori Atchley

    What size cups did you use for the paper plate sombrero?

    1. Melissa

      I typically use anywhere from 16-18 oz. sized cups. I’ve used the classic Red Solo Cups and Hefty Cups. You really just want a somewhat tall, colorful plastic cup for this craft. I hope this helps. 🙂